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If you’re struggling to write a CV or cover letter for teaching roles, here are some examples to help you stand out, whether you’re a headteacher or NQT

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CV and cover letter advice for teachers.
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You’ve heard about the school that’s just right for you. What next? What can you do with your application that will make you a certainty for the short list?

If you need some inspiration on what to include in your teaching CV and cover letter, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.

Cover letter example:

Dear Ms Name,

As a [newly-qualified/experienced] teacher with [number] years experience in a [primary/secondary] school setting, I feel I would be well-suited for the role of [job title] at [name of school]. Please find my CV attached.

The nature of my work in education has prepared me for this position. My interest in […] stimulated me to lead a project on […] My role here was to […]. As part of this, I had to liaise with […] meaning that I have developed skills in […]. I faced some challenges along the way, such as […] and overcame them by […]. The impact of the project overall was […]. This was measured by/ has been evidenced in […].

In addition, I have successfully employed a […] approach/ strategy when teaching and found that this led to many positive student outcomes, such as […]. A key part of my career is helping students reach their potential, which I work towards by focusing on […] when teaching.

As shown by my experience in schools, I am enthusiastic about education and always strive to do the best for my students. I am able to take on responsibility for learning and have experience of successfully managing a class. I also have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of this role.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in future.

Yours sincerely,


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Step 1: Resume  Cover Letter Writing

Resume Writing for Teaching English Jobs in Thailand


sample resume for jobs teaching english in thailand By now, you know the basics to writing a resume and/or CV.

We won’t get bogged down about the difference between a resume and CV, especially since HR personnel are familiar and comfortable with both. As an American, I’m more familiar with resumes. As such, I’m approaching this as resume writing.

However, most of these tips are general principles that apply to all writing, copywriting, MARKETING, etc. Yes, I said MARKETING. Your resume/CV and your cover letter are your chances to MARKET yourself! Heck, the Subject Line of your email is a chance to MARKET. Why stop there, so is your email address**!

Tips from a Director of Human Resources at The Princeton Review

sample CV for jobs teaching english in thailand Include a Photo

  1. This is NOT OPTIONAL!
  2. This is one of the common differences between a Resume and a CV, and it is the one that matters.
  3. Companies are going to expect that you put a RECENT photo somewhere in your application. Either on your resume itself or attached in your email. That won’t be shocking to some of you, but will be to some, such as Americans.
  4. If you DON’T put a photo in your application, do NOT expect to hear back. It’s just that simple.

Be Concise, Be Specific

  1. Conciseness is important when writing your resume for teaching English jobs in Thailand Your Resume is Prime Real Estate. Assume your real estate is limited to one page. This helps guide your decisions. Yes, CV’s are usually more extensive, 2-4 pages, but assume you’re either going to win or lose on PAGE ONE!
  2. Write Normally and Naturally. Don’t bloviate & be Mr. Intemperate. When writing your resume, highlight achievements. Don't list duties. What you say? Exactly! Don’t use Word’s synonym function wily-nily and don’t try to make things sound grander than they are. Oftentimes, the person reviewing your application won’t be a native speaker, so there’s no need to try to impress with your over-eloquence. Not that us native speakers care either.
  3. Use Specific Examples. (Show, Not Tell. Achievements Over Duties.) Use Specific Examples When Applying for Jobs Teaching English in Thailand
    • Under my leadership, sales increased by 33%, profit margin increased 21%, etc. etc. VS. I was responsible for improving sales and increasing profit margin while at my job.
    • How to Write a Resume for Jobs Teaching English in Thailand I independently planned and organized field trips. Trip frequency increased from 4 times a year to 12 times a year. Participation increased from 12% to 28%. VS. I was responsible for planning successful field trips that people liked.
    • I was solely in charge of planning and managing field trips for 250 church-members. VS. I am a very responsible person who is able to work alone.
    • In Thailand, the Group is More Important Than the Individual Working with 3 other Associates we planned and implemented blah blah blah. VS. I am a team player who works well with others.

Skills, Experiences, Accomplishments to Highlight

  1. Skills Needed to Get a Job Teaching English in Thailand Whether you’ve been a teacher before or not, you might not realize which SPECIFIC skills, experiences, accomplishments are most relevant.
  2. What skills, experience, characteristics, etc. are us recruiters looking for? In no particular order:
    • Fun, Energy & Enthusiasm. If you seem overly-officious and serious (especially in your photo) you risk your resume NEVER being read. Thailand is Teaching English in Thailand MUST Be Fun! the Land of Smiles, so smile! Let your resume “smile” with enthusiasm and genuine joy. HIGHLIGHT fun things you’ve done and been responsible for.
    • Teaching/Tutoring/Mentoring/Training/Coaching Experience. Duh! You don’t have to have ever taught English. Heck you don’t even have to have ever taught, but if you have, HIGHLIGHT it! If you’ve done anything that reasonably resembles “teaching”, English Teaching Jobs in Thailand Require Organization & Planning whether it’s kids or adults, HIGHLIGHT it.
    • Leadership Experience. Teaching is about leading as much as anything else. YOU will be solely in charge of groups of people. It will be YOUR responsibility to effectively lead and manage YOUR classrooms. If English Teaching Jobs in Thailand Require Organization & Planning you were a Scout Leader, let them know. If you were ever in charge of a GROUP of people (kids, adults, church-members, stamp collectors, etc.), HIGHLIGHT it!
    • Planning & Organizational Skills. Do you seem scattered-brain or clear and focused? Can you point to specific things you’ve planned and organized? If you ever planned a family reunion, let them know. Heck, if you’ve planned and rebuilt a car, planned a catering event, etc., let us know!!! Planning and organizing are two VERY English Teaching Jobs in Thailand Demand Responsibility critical skills for teachers. If you think you can just ‘show up and wing it’, you have a nice surprise in store for you 🙂
    • Responsible. For the most part, you will be running the show. You will be working independently. Recruiters/employers want to trust that they can hire you and you will take ownership and responsibility for the job. They don’t want people they have to constantly “stay on top of”. They don’t want to be your Teaching English Jobs in Thailand Require You to Work Unsupervised mother! There are a lot of flakes in this world, and a lot of them end up teaching English in Thailand. Don’t look flaky!!!! Recruiters have a very sensitive antenna for finding flakes. Although they still hire flakes (they don’t have a choice sometimes), they give them the less desirable positions; jobs where a warm-body is sufficient.
    • Communication Skills. Can I understand what you’re saying?
    • Working Independently & Without Supervision. One of the coolest things about teaching English in Thailand is that oftentimes looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do, etc. On the Creative English Teachers Get the Best Jobs in Thailand other hand, that means the responsibility to guide, motivate, set and meet deadlines is YOURS! You will be running the show!
    • Age Group Experience. If you’re applying for a job teaching adults, businessmen, children, etc., highlight any experience you have with the SPECIFIC age-group.
    • Creativity. You don’t have to be creative to be a teacher, but we’ve seen some amazing things by people who were creative. Being musical or artistic is a BIG PLUS!
    • Working With Diverse Cultures. You’ll have to be a bit careful with this. If your idea of diversity is that you’re a white guy and have black & Asian friends from your childhood neighborhood, I won’t be impressed. That’s superficial To Teach English in Thailand You Must be Able to Work With Diverse Cultures diversity. You’re more similar to each other than a Thai person who grew up in the US is to a Thai person who grew up in Thailand. We want real diversity; working with recent immigrants, working with underprivileged families, working with gang members, etc. Diversity is working with people who grew up under very different circumstances and in a different culture, not the color of one’s skin.

Length (What Job Experience to Include)

  1. Were not looking for a laundry list. We don’t want to know EVERYTHING you’ve ever done.
  2. I want to know what you’ve done that is DIRECTLY RELEVANT to THIS job.
  3. Think, “What is the recruiter likely to care about?” Your experience mowing lawns in high school? Probably not. (Unless it somehow tells a story about how the experience will make you a better teacher.)
    • Do I really need to hear about all your jobs from 10+ years ago? Well, if it’s somehow DIRECTLY relevant to the current job you’re applying for, then yes. BUT, only if the skills, experience, etc. are somehow NOT evidenced in more recent jobs.
  4. Usually, it’s just your most recent jobs; last 5 years or so.

Include Hobbies, Extracurricular Activities, & Volunteer Work

  1. Try and make it relevant to #3. I’ve seen resumes full of “I volunteer at a soup kitchen. I volunteer to do beach clean-up. I volunteer to give blankets to the homeless.” We get it. You’re a charitable sort, but I want to know how that ties into what we talked about in #3.
  2. Hobbies & Extracurricular Activities will tie into the “FUN” we talked about before. Also, it opens up possibilities of things you can do for the employer and/or school. I ended up being the coach of a high school team because I listed “basketball” as a hobby. Who would’ve thought?!?!

Fonts, Spacing & Formatting

  1. Keep your fonts simple. Don’t get overly fancy with them. No cursive scripts. Use standard fonts, for the most part. We personally use Verdana, Arial, Helvetica & Tahoma. Times New Roman, Calibri, Myriad Pro, Georgia, Courier & Tahoma are also popular, standard and familiar fonts. Don’t fret about it. Pick 1 font for your body text & 1 for your headings and roll with it!
  2. Maximum of 3 fonts. Headings, Subheadings, and Body.
  3. Instead of over-using fonts, use italics, bold, & underline to differentiate parts of your Resume. Don’t over do this.
  4. Font Size. Every font is different, but as a rule, 10 point font is the ABSOLUTE minimum for body text. We recommend 12 point font for the body and 14 point for headings.
  5. Spacing should be single to 1.5. Don’t try to jam things in by cutting out spacing between lines.
  6. Have a few friends look at it. Ask them for their ‘first glance’ impression; “What did you think when you first saw it?”
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An example, a specific example, is BEST!

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No gaps.

Try to avoid short stint jobs unless that’s how they were meant to be.



**Yes, you can and probably will be judged by your email address and the Sent From name in your email. I have an email address that has the word ‘dude’ in it. Do you think I use that one to apply for jobs? No. I simply use [email protected]…com. To see what your Sent From says, send an email to another of your email addresses (or make a new one). Some of you will be surprised what you see. Would you hire THAT guy?!



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English Teacher Cover Letter

English Teachers teach students¬ elements of the English language and how to properly incorporate them, including grammar, composition, reading comprehension, and literature. At the college level, English Teachers teach more specific classes aimed at students’ particular interests, such as creative writing, literary theory, and others.

An English Teacher’s cover letter is the first interaction that the teacher will have with the school of his or her choosing, so it is important that he or she provide a thorough and accurate description of his or her credentials in order to stand out from the crowd.

The job description of an English Teacher will incorporate responsibilities like:

    • Apply different strategies and resources to capture and hold students’ attention
    • Promote class participation to give students the opportunity to share and accept different ideas
    • Teach composition, pronunciation, and grammar in a comfortable educational environment

English Teachers’ cover letters resemble the example which is provided below. Also, be sure to check out our extensive English Teacher resume samples .

Dear Principal Carmichael:

It is my objective to secure a permanent position in the English department of the North Shore elementary or secondary school. I have over a decade of experience in education and have taught students of several different grade levels in English grammar and literature.

For the past several years, I have taught English to 5th and 6th grade students in the Youngstown school district. In this time, I have developed several different strategies to capture my students’ attention and share with them my passion for classic American literature. I aspire to create a fun, engaging learning environment for my students, and I would relish the opportunity to do this at the North Shore schools.

A few of my other teaching highlights include:

    • Taught English as Second Language (ESL) in Japan from 2003-2006.
    • Recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Youngstown PTA in 2008, 2010, and 2011.
    • Continually facilitate an open, consistent, and nurturing learning environment where students are motivated to learn and driven by their own successes and accomplishments.
    • Utilize a variety of teaching strategies, including whole/small group instruction, individualized attention, inquiry-based learning, and exploratory learning in order to make sure students of all learning modalities are successful.

I am an upbeat, positive person with lots of energy. I have good computer and writing skills. I have spent many years in my elementary and middle schools and know that I would be an immediate asset to your school.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss employment in further detail. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Joanna Morris

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